Ramamoorthy is an Electrical and Electronics Engineer. After encountering an accidental damage to his spinal cord, he became paraplegic. Undeterred by this set-back, he determined to serve the needy by way of transferring his knowledge in mathematics to children. In spite of being confined to wheelchair, he is busy tutoring students in mathematics and motivating them to get rid of math-phobia. Teaching has become his passion, pastime and profession. His philanthropic heart brought him closer to many Non-governmental initiatives benefiting differently-abled and downtrodden. He is an inspiration for the entire initiative of FEATHERS. As the Chairperson of this Trust, he continues to provide guidance and support in all the programme interventions of FEATHERS.
Manavalan is a Post Graduate in Physics and a Bachelor of Education. He has over 25 years of experience in diverse fields such as human resource development, administration and public relations, product promotion and marketing. He was instrumental in promoting a Social Enterprise - Kalanjium Thozhilagam Limited, which has facilitated enterprise promotion and development among the Women SHG Federations. He has played a key role on building linkages between SHG and Farmers' Federations, NABARD and commercial banks. During his tenure as HR Manager of Hi-Tech Arai Limited, anchored HR audit, staff-welfare and legal compliances. Organic Farming is his passion and he is currently involved in promoting organic farming among new-generation farmers across Tamil Nadu.
Adhinarayanan is a graduate in Agriculture and Post Graduate in Environmental Science. He started his career as Agronomist with M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. Subsequently, he worked with DHAN Foundation as a Programme Leader for more than 20 years and coordinated the water conservation programme at the regional and state level. He was instrumental in designing tank-based watershed development programme for Andhra Pradesh Government during his leadership. He anchored the climate change adaptation theme of DHAN Foundation and led the Agricultural Bio-diversity Community, an international network. He also served in PRADAN as Project Leader to implement community based tank restoration programme in Tamil Nadu.
Vijaya Chitra Devi holds a Doctorate in History, and Education. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Jayaraj Annapackiam College for Women, Periyakulam. She is passionate to teach children the local history and engaged in a lot of history based exploratory assignments. She has attended a number of national and international seminars and workshops and presented papers in the national and international journals on the theme of women empowerment.
Kalaimani is a Post Graduate in History and obtained Master of Special Education in Intellectual Disability and Post Graduate Diploma in Ethics from Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikanal. She is a Certified Montessori Teacher. She has worked as a Special Educator and worked in the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA). She also had an hands on experience in early intervention. She worked briefly in Children's Village of the Reaching the Unreached (RTU) among vulnerable children. She is currently involved in remedial education at the grassroots level and providing advisory services to various community based early intervention programmes.
Nageswari is a graduate in agriculture, who began her career as a development professional in a not-for-profit organisation in Madurai. After spending over one-and-a-half decade in executing and coordinating grassroots level development programme for women, she realised the huge vacuum in providing quality education for the children with special needs. Later, she took up an intensive study and practice in the field of special education. She is specialised in the field of special education by undergoing the following educational programes:
She is a registered practitioner in special education with the Rehabilitation Council of India. She has attended a number of seminars and workshops in the relevant fields of education and rehabilitation. She is currently pursuing her doctoral research in Community Based Early Intervention and she is working with a number of research and training institutes in the field of special education.